For a long time, Google focused on Android software, Internet-related services and products. But most recently, the company has diversified into the hardware side as well. Today, it released the second generation Pixel phones, Google Pixel 2 XL and Google Pixel. Let us see what it has for us
Google Pixel 2 XL
Let us start with the display of this flagship smartphone. Google Pixel 2 XL comes sports a 6-inch screen with 1,440 x 2,880px (538ppi) display resolution and a circular polarizer which ensures that the display is very visible even in sunlight. The display of this smartphone is motivated by LG V30 which is evident in its 18:9 P-OLED screen but the bezels are a bit thick due to the stereo speakers. There is a 3D Arc Gorilla Glass 5 with square edges on the screen and there is also glass at the back with the rest of the body forged from aluminum.
The new Pixel XL 2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory (there’s a 128GB model). It comes with Android 8.0 Oreo which only recently entered Google’s Android distribution chart and the OS brought a native support for Always On Display. The battery is as speculated, 3,520mAh capacity.
This phone which has just the black and white colour variety comes with a standard nano-SIM slot which is normal but Google included an eSIM inside the new phones, which will be used with Google Fi and other carriers. In the camera department, Google Pixel 2 XL has a 12MP rear camera which supports OIS. This is supported by an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture. In all, this device is IP67 certified which means that it is water resistant.
Potential users will have to part with $850 / €940 / £800 (add $100 / €110 / £100 if you need the larger storage) to own the Gppgle Pixel 2 XL but you will have to wait till mid-November. However, pre-orders are live today in the UK, Germany, the US (via Google Store and Verizon), India, Australia and Canada. Pre-orders in Italy, Singapore, Spain will kick off later this year.
Google Pixel 2
The idea behind this smartphone is certainly not recent one especially when you consider its thick front bezels. The Pixel 2 uses a 5” AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution.
With a squeeze of this smartphone, you can initiate actions such as Google Assistant and others. This feature of the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 is obviously borrowed from HTC U11. This smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor and its cameras are OIS enabled.
Just like the Pixel 2 XL, potential users of this smartphone will have to wait until the middle of next month to make a purchase. It has a starting price of $650 / €800 / £630 (a $100 / €110 / £100 bill buys you double the storage). The color options are called Kindla Blue, Just Black and Clearly White.